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Stay Close | [Harlan Coben]

Stay Close

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.
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Publisher's Summary

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who, once upon a time, walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of 40 he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo, pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case—a local husband and father who disappeared 17 years ago—and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up at any moment to step into them.

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest façades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.

©2012 Harlan Coben (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    rebecca 04-24-12
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    "Great listen - easy to follow,captivating story"

    Love all Harlan Coben books. Do wish there had been more about New Jersey but this was as good as his others. I also love his Myron Bolitar books and I enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator. Well done and highly recommended book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Durand, WI, United States 04-24-12
    Laura Durand, WI, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011

    lolagranola91

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    "The last hour is great but it's torture getting th"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So slow - painful - characters are not interesting and the author trys to make it more suspensful than it is.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going back to true crime


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was so sad I wasted a credit on this, but didn't want to waste my money so I listened to the whole thing


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aatkins21 Havasu2012 04-22-12
    Aatkins21 Havasu2012 04-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I really loved this story!!!"
    Would you listen to Stay Close again? Why?

    Sure! Shared it with my husband as soon as I was done!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay Close?

    As usual with this author ... It was the ending! Never fails to surprise me!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-18-12
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Not Coben's Trademark Excellence"

    I admire Harlan Coben as the father of the Myron Bolitar novels. I am in love with Myron Bolitar and consider the repeat characters (Myron's parents, business partners, for example) to be among the best drawn of any series I've read. Additionally, I was always taken on an emotional roller coaster ride by Coben in the Bolitar books.

    But this story comes nowhere near that level of excellence.

    It is an OK story. I figured out "who dunnit" at the beginning of the book, but I didn't care. I had no investment in either the heroine (Megan) or the detective (Broome) or the old lover (Ray) or the killer. I was somewhat interested in Barbie and Ken - those characters went farthest towards engaging me.

    It may not be fair to compare this book to the Myron Bolitar books, but I have to. That is the standard Coben has set.

    And I strongly object to the publisher's comments:
    "Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark
    combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight ..."

    This was NOT Coben's trademark at all.

    I suggest you spend your money on a different book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Egon Wayne, NJ 04-13-12
    Egon Wayne, NJ 04-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not one of Coben's best"

    I have enjoyed most of Harlan Coben's books, but this is deefinitely not one of his finst hours. OK, but out of touch with his other stuff, and a bit (lot!) unreal.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Connersville, IN, United States 04-09-12
    Pamela Connersville, IN, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Oh Harlan, what happenend?"

    Love, love, love Harlan Coben. He has always been one author you could depend on for an excellent story line, fantastic characters and plenty of twists and turns in the plot. "Stay Close" flopped. The premise of this mystery is of an ex-stripper turned soccer mom. A crime took place and Megan goes back to her roots and finds herself involved than she anticipated.

    Problem on my part is I didn't really care about the characters. Megan was boring. She was a boring mom, boring wife and a boring stripper. Her husband is boring. The detective is unlikable. The two serial killers are unbelievably creepy with a love for Jesus thrown in for good measure. What the heck? If Mr. Coben's name wasn't written on the jacket I would swear I was reading one of those "I-publish-8-books-a-year-and-none-of-them-are-worth-reading" writers. I managed to finish as I was hoping it would get better. Unfortunately it didn't. Very disappointed, Mr. Coben. Usually you don't resort to the sleezy scripts so prevalent with others in your field.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 04-07-12
    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very disappointing.....don't bother"

    I love Coben books. But this was not in anyway as good as any of his other books. Don't waste your money - there are better picks. Try The Lifeboat.....excellent read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Hodge BARLING, AR, US 04-07-12
    Taylor Hodge BARLING, AR, US 04-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Coben Gem"
    If you could sum up Stay Close in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, spellbinding, addictive.


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    Brick is an awesome reader/narrator...he keeps the listener's ateention with great voice inflection...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How and when the investigator learned the killer's identification.


    Any additional comments?

    An awesome book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 03-25-12
    Mary 03-25-12
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    "Great story, Irritating narrator"

    I chose this one in spite of the narrator. Can't stand Scott Brick. His overblown style is like beating your head against a wall. It feels so good when it stops.

    "She PLACED.....her SHOE.....on her....LEFT foot."
    Sounds like the announcer for a three-ring circus.

    Coben is an erratic writer. Some books...not so good. Some great. This is one of the great ones.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan vR Ohio 03-23-12
    Meagan vR Ohio 03-23-12 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "This isn't as the description reads"

    This isn't about the psychology of suburban living... it's a run-of-the-mill serial killer story and it's not that good. Boring book, poor story development.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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